Pliny The Elder
Russian River Brewing Company

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Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States
Imperial IPA
Ranked #3
Ranked #35
4.64 | pDev: 7.76%
Yesterday at 05:37 AM
Aug 24, 2003
Pliny the Elder is brewed with Amarillo, Centennial, CTZ, and Simcoe hops. It is well-balanced with malt, hops, and alcohol, slightly bitter with a fresh hop aroma of floral, citrus, and pine. Best enjoyed FRESH! That is why we make it in such limited supply. Actual bottling date is printed on each bottle!
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Ratings by Greywulfken:
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Reviewed by Greywulfken from New York

4.75/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Bottled on 5/27/13

A: into a tulip, clear deep gold beer with a few fingers of dense, off-white head; some lacing clung to the glass

S: rich bouquet of hops, from piney to citric, herbal to floral; suggestions of sweet vanilla and honeyed malts underneath

T: more complex than most DIPAs I can recall - sweet and grainy malts suggesting juicy fruits, both orchard and tropical, met with a bevy of hops, bringing grapefruit pith, pine resin, lemon zest, and musk to the fore; bright, yeasty (?) tang and bitter, drying finish

M: medium-light body, very crisp and clean, slight chew, slight zing, bittersweet finish

O: well-deserving of its rank - an epic DIPA. A different vibe than, say a Heady Topper, and certainly not inferior.
Jun 18, 2013
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Reviewed by TheAwkwardBanana from Washington

4.58/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
This beer is the most drinkable imperial I've had. Not a heavy, malty IPA with bad mouthfeel for once, but refreshing and clean. Dry-ish finish. Nice balance of fruit/citrus with pine. Dangerously good, I feel lucky to find it at my local bottle shop in Washington.
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Rated: 4.43 by Gfunk27 from New Jersey

Sep 24, 2023
Rated: 4.68 by Dethark from England

Sep 19, 2023
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Reviewed by LifesAnesthesia from Virginia

4.68/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
L - light yellow golden with a ton of clarity, a white head that dissipates quickly leaving behind a thin cap and a good amount of lacing
S - Bright, floral piney hops along with notes of citrus zest
T - Follows the nose: bright, fresh, floral, pine, slightly bitter hops up front and throughout intermixed well with notes of citrus - candied grapefruit, orange zest - cracker malt, a little bit of honey, grass notes
F - light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation - bright, fresh, crispy - very clean
O - one of the benchmarks for the West Coast IPA style. Incredibly well balanced and easy to drink. Glad to have finally gotten my hands on it
Sep 17, 2023
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Rated by speaking_for_trees from Vermont

4.23/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Sep 14, 2023
Rated: 4.29 by Cheesehoops from Alabama

Sep 10, 2023
Rated: 4.94 by Wamba from Illinois

Sep 08, 2023
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Reviewed by buschbeer from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Served in an imperial nonic pint glass

This beer pours a golden hue and is topped with a couple inches of off-white head that leaves nice lacing.

It has a real nice fruity citrus aroma. I get a little pine.

Nice balance of citrus and pine flavors. A little bit of lingering resin in the finish

Very good IIPA. It's one of the pioneers. As with all trailblazers newer and better beers come along. I live in Ohio and am very happy that I can drink Hop Juju. Someday it, too, will be a trailblazer in the rear-view mirror of my lifelong beer trek.
Sep 01, 2023
Rated: 4.75 by BeerVeer from California

Aug 25, 2023
Rated: 4.5 by Manthon from Pennsylvania

Aug 20, 2023
Rated: 4.35 by Gizzardo from Arizona

Aug 07, 2023
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Reviewed by Flyguy55 from California

5/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Pliny is really difficult to find in Southern Cal but I finally tried one for the first time at the Russian River brew pub in Santa Rosa. It was on tap so super fresh. I think it is probably the most well balanced DIPA I ever tried. I now understand the hype!
Jul 30, 2023
Rated: 4.62 by Mr_Rocca from Canada (QC)

Jul 21, 2023
Rated: 4.67 by QueenSac from Colorado

Jul 21, 2023
Rated: 4.9 by Schaffer7 from Pennsylvania

Jul 20, 2023
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Rated by jbolger from Connecticut

4.62/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
An excellent brew. Without taking anything away from Pliny, I prefer Heady Topper & Sip of Sunshine.
Jul 16, 2023
Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
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